Health and Social Surveys Research Group
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Muslims in Europe

Attitudes and experiences

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Principal researchers:

While ethnic differences in socioeconomic, health and other circumstances have been shown to exist; as a form of classification, ethnic groups are often too heterogeneous to be a useful basis for understanding the processes underlying them. Research suggests that further dividing ethnic groups (by religion for example) can provide important additional insight into these patterns. The study uses data from the ONS Longitudinal Study, the Health Survey for England, the European Social Survey and the Muslims in Europe study and provides an unique opportunity to explore the impact of religious differences on the lives of people in Britain and Europe, and how they may enhance our understanding of ‘ethnicity’.

This study explores differences in health and socioeconomic circumstances, attitudes and discriminatory experiences among different ethno-religious communities. In particular, information on the attitudes of and towards different Muslim groups living in Europe will enable an investigation of variations in the experience of being ‘Muslim’ among groups who vary in terms of their geographical location, ethnicity and risk of racist and religious discrimination, and how far these experiences have been affected by the terrorist incidents in 2001 and 2004. Exploring the experiences of people who are members of the same religious, but different ethnic, groups, and people from the same ethnic, but different religious, groups will allow rare insight into the processes producing such differences.

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